All is well that ends well in the MLB as the new season is set to start. Or is it?

The lockout was a deeply contentious one as team owners and players went back and forth about the collective bargaining agreement. The issue also brought to light the various issues the MLB has been facing, including dwindling interest and outdated rules. The seeming indifference of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred toward players was also questioned. But last week, he vowed to rebuild relationships and repair the league's image.

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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that Manfred already met with the players, with several MLB stars expressing their willingness to help. Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon said he appreciated the dialogue with Manfred.

“I did have the opportunity to ask about some of the past decisions Major League Baseball and Rob Manfred have made. That was a good opportunity. There are a lot of decisions I don’t necessarily agree with that they’ve made. That meeting gave me a chance to ask about them.”

Chicago White Sox pitcher Liam Hendriks, meanwhile, reminded that the MLB should be a collective effort.

“You need that relationship to be strong. It’s been strained over the last little bit. Both sides need to take steps to repair that. Getting a sit-down meeting is important just to build that relationship so that when something is brought up in future years, the immediate thought isn’t, ‘OK, what’s he trying to trick us with? Is there an ulterior motive?’”

Philadelphia Phillies baseman Rhys Hoskins was hopeful that Manfred isn't just all talk.

“I think those conversations are needed, quite frankly, for him to really get a good perspective of the way that the people playing the game on the field feel. I hope there’s more. I really do. I assume that there’s going to be. I hope it lasts longer than a couple months after the lockout.”

At this point, it appears things are headed in the right direction for the MLB. Despite its shortcomings, baseball remains a huge part of the tapestry in the United States, with its global reach continuously growing. The first few steps have been made, and now, every stakeholder must uphold a part in ensuring the league won't suffer further.